WRF is proud to partner with federal and state agencies, as well as non-profit foundations, on important research topics. Over the years, WRF has won research grants from agencies including, but not limited to, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the California Energy Commission, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR). Several current grants are listed below.
California State Water Board Grant
In 2018, The Water Research Foundation received a grant totaling $4.5M from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to support non-potable and potable reuse research. This funding has been leveraged by WRF and other key partners, including Metropolitan Water District (CA), utilities in CA and across the US, engineering firms, and manufacturing companies to fund WRF reuse research launched in 2017 – 2019.
EPA Biosolids Grant
The overall goal of this research is to address key data gaps in our understanding of the occurrence and fate of unregulated organic chemicals (UOCs) in biosolids when land is applied and identify which UOCs in biosolids-amended soils may pose a high risk to human and ecosystem health.
EPA Stormwater Life Cycle Costs Grant
CLASIC (Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs) is a user-informed screening tool that utilizes a lifecycle cost framework to support stormwater infrastructure decisions on extent and combinations of green, hybrid green-gray, and gray infrastructure practices. There are three integrated components in the CLASIC tool: (a) Life Cycle Cost; (b) Performance; and (c) Co-Benefits.
EPA Nutrients/HABs Grant
Funded through the Environmental Protection Agency, this grant promotes scientific progress towards preventing and controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs). This project is focused on one aspect of the grant opportunity: to evaluate the scale-up of emerging nutrient treatment technologies and develop new technologies.
Evaluation and Life Cycle Comparison of Ex-Situ Treatment Technologies for Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Groundwater
This ESTCP proposal funded by the Department of Defense focuses on benchmarking existing and emerging treatment approaches for PFAS in groundwater, including granular activated carbon (GAC), ion exchange (IX), high-pressure membranes and superfine powdered activated carbon and microfiltration (sPAC/MF) at the laboratory scale.